• Eventual height: 8m
  • Eventual spread: 8m

Malus 'Rudolph'

crab apple 'Rudolph'

5 year guarantee Perfect for pollinators
9 litre pot | MM111 | 1.2 - 1.5m tall £69.99
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This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

In its early years, ‘Rudolph’ is initially upright, developing a spreading crown, once established that becomes pendulous in maturity, with a more rounded habit. The flowers, almost 5cm in size, emerge from brownish-purple buds and open to reveal dusky-pink, slightly bleached white blooms, arranged in clusters of 4 to 8. Ovate to elliptic, toothed, glossy leaves appear after the flowers, copper-red at first, turning dark-green in summer, and golden-yellow in autumn, matched by the reddish-yellow, elongated edible fruit.

  • Garden care:
    When planting your flowering crab, prepare a hole up to three times the diameter of its root system. Fork over the base of the pit in readiness, incorporating plenty of organic matter into the backfill and planting hole. Avoiding frozen and waterlogged soil, trees should be planted out as they arrive. If you've ordered a bare root tree, soak the roots in a bucket of water for half an hour prior to planting, or if this is not possible, they can be heeled in temporarily, covering their roots with soil, or potted up. Choose a sheltered spot to protect emerging blossom. Remove dead, diseased and crossing branches while the tree is dormant during the winter months.
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